Esther has been working in the European film industry in the fields of funding, training, professional development and networking. Before joining the International Screen Institute in February 2024, she was head of the Creative Europe-MEDIA Desk in the Austrian Film Institute. Esther has developed and managed ProPro – The Producers Programme for Women – An initiative of the Austrian Film Institute to Empower Women Film Producers, together with Ursula Wolschlager. She has been a guest lecturer on the European film industry at the film-, tv,- and media-production colleges Krems, St. Pölten and Vienna, and a jury-member at various film-festivals throughout Europe.
Committed to the professionalisation of the film industry and the facilitation of networking and collaboration opportunities, Esther took part in numerous workshops, congresses and labs on topics such as screenwriting and project development, financing, pitching, production, co-production, film sales and marketing, New Business Models, Audience Development, Sustainability, Gender Awareness, Unconscious Bias, anti-racism and many others. Esther was workshop manager at EAVE, a networking and project development-training programme for European producers, and she has been involved in the local management of industry events such as the Producers Network and Producers Workshop at the Marché du Film of the International Film Festival Cannes. She has freelanced in film-production in various positions ranging from set-publicity to production management. She has worked in the marketing and PR-office of Twentieth Century Fox Austria (Dohr Werbe Gmbh), coordinating marketing- and PR-strategies for the theatrical releases of TCF films in Austria. Besides her mother-tongue German, Esther speaks English, French and Greek. She has completed a training in project management and holds an MA in Intercultural Competencies from Danube University Krems.